Unauthorised Access, 2015
Builders mesh, galvanised scaffolding, LED message board, plywood.
Shelter Union exhibition
Millers Point and UNSW Galleries
Photos by Silversalt Photography 2015


A public billboard for the creation, collection and distribution of public 'unsolicited proposals' for Millers Point at Clyne Reserve. A public call out for contributions from anyone with a better idea for Millers Point to submit their proposal for inclusion.

Side by side, the two most contentious developments in Sydney are proceeding apace. To the east, the social and affordable housing of Millers Point are being cleared for sale. To the west Barangaroo’s hollow headland park has risen to meet them, closely followed by the office towers and an ‘unsolicited’ casino. These two vastly different but intimately connected developments raise significant questions about development in our city: In whose interest is this happening? Who gets to say how our city is made/unmade?

The temporary barricades which are erected around construction sites across the city are a physical manifestation of the obscurity and exclusivity of city making in Sydney. Scaffolding, plywood hoardings, plastic scrim and signs declaring NO UNAUTHORISED ACCESS.

In reaction to this we made a space which supports UNAUTHORISED ACCESS to discuss and debate these developments. A space which invites people in rather than keeps them out. A space to ask questions and imagine other possibilities. A space to create ‘unsolicited proposals’ of our own.

Unauthorised Access, 2015 Shelter Union, UNSW Galleries, installation at Millers Point.

Unauthorised Access, 2015 Shelter Union, UNSW Galleries. Photo by Silversalt Photography 2015


Unauthorised Access, 2015 Shelter Union, UNSW Galleries. Photo by Silversalt Photography 2015


Unauthorised Access, 2015 Shelter Union, UNSW Galleries. Photo by Silversalt Photography 2015


Unauthorised Access, 2015 Shelter Union, UNSW Galleries. Photo by Silversalt Photography 2015

Unauthorised Access, 2015 Shelter Union, UNSW Galleries. Photo by Silversalt Photography 2015

Unauthorised Access, 2015 Shelter Union, UNSW Galleries. Photo by Silversalt Photography 2015


Unauthorised Access, 2015 Shelter Union, Millers Point.


Unauthorised Access, 2015 Shelter Union, Millers Point.


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All images by Heidi Axelsen and Hugo Moline unless otherwise credited.